West Palm police probe 2003 cold-case murder featured on TV show


More than a decade after Gwendel Greenblatt was found shot to death inside her apartment, city police detectives still hope to catch the person responsible for her slaying.

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The 2003 cold case was the recent focus of Crime Watch Daily, a nationally syndicated television program. Cold-case detectives are still trying to determine who killed Greenblatt on the afternoon of Feb. 5, 2003, in her apartment in Royal St. George, a community along Brandywine Road north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and just west of Interstate 95.

She was found shot multiple times in a bedroom walk-in closet, according to Palm Beach Post archives.

Click here to watch the Grendel Greenblatt episodes of Crime Watch Daily.

Greenblatt, a 35-year-old native of Bethlehem, Pa., was a massage therapist and one-time professional dancer who gave lessons at a dance studio owned by her family.

On Monday, city police posted a link to the Crime Watch Daily story on its Twitter page while asking for the public’s help in finding new leads.

During the initial investigation, police questioned, but never charged, Greenblatt’s estranged husband, Matthew Thomas Greenblatt.

Police tested three cigarette butts found near Gwendel’s apartment after the murder — including one left burning on the fire alarm outside her apartment door. DNA from that cigarette was later matched to a man named Richard Engel, according to the Crime Watch Daily report.

Engel, who was temporarily incarcerated for an unrelated crime, denied having any involvement in Greenblatt’s murder, the report said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).

Crime Watch Daily airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on WPTV NewsChannel 5, The Post’s news partners.


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